SAN JOSE, Calif. — Apple introduced new controls for limiting how much time customers spend on their devices as the company tackles criticism that its devices are becoming increasingly addictive and distracting. The controls allow users to set “Do Not Disturb” modes on their phones, such as at night or during trips to the playground with their kids. During that time, app notifications will be blocked from showing up on the home screen. Apple also will give users reports on how much time they spend on apps and what gets them to check them constantly. They can set time limits on specific apps. Parents can also set controls for their kids. Some of the controls are similar to those unveiled by Google last month, when it revealed plans to have phones go into “shush” mode when placed face down on a table and have the screen show only greyscale colors late at night. The new Apple features are among the software updates previewed Monday at the company’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California. These and other features won’t reach users for a few months; rather, they were being shown to give software developers a chance to build new apps… Read full this story
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